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Career Diploma - Legal Secretary

Students who are seeking an education that could help them build the research and writing skills needed to fill secretarial roles in legal environments could benefit from the Legal Secretary Career Diploma Program at Penn Foster Career School. Find more details about this online program here.

Official Program Name:

Legal Secretary Career Diploma

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

Students of Penn Foster Career School's Legal Secretary Career Diploma program could develop the communication and organizational skills as well as the understanding of legal office procedures needed to begin working as a legal secretary or assistant. Students can learn how to create different types of legal documents, use reference materials for legal research, and describe the roles of legal secretaries. A two-part legal terminology sequence is designed to teach students the meanings of basic legal terms. As written communication is important to this career, the curriculum also contains several courses focusing on spelling, capitalization, and punctuation rules; revising written works; writing effective sentences and paragraphs; and formatting business letters, memos, and other documents. Other topics in this program include stress and time management, using Microsoft Office applications, and filing and records management techniques.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School:

Once enrolled in the Legal Secretary Career Diploma program, students are supplied with necessary textbooks and other materials needed for their studies, including a two-part downloadable legal terminology audio file. Upon graduation, students receive a study guide to help them prepare for NALS certification. An online library, career guidance, access to student services via e-mail, phone, and message board, and an online community are also offered.

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Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition with 0% interest and affordable monthly payments, so students graduate without debt.

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Required Courses for the Legal Secretary Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • Starting Your Program
  • The Legal Secretary
  • Your Professional Image
  • Stress and Time Management
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Administrative Office Procedures
  • Travel and Meeting Planning
  • Filing Techniques
  • Records Management
  • Math for the Office Professional
  • Technologies in the Workplace
  • Resources and References
  • Introduction to Writing
  • Using the Parts of Speech
  • Punctuation and Capitalization
  • Writing Sentence and Paragraphs
  • Improving Your Writing
  • Types of Business Writing
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Graded Project: Microsoft Word
  • Graded Project: Computer Applications
  • Legal Terminology: Part 1
  • Legal Terminology: Part 2
  • Ethics, Professionalism, and Risk Management
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Office Finances
  • Office Management

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the Legal Secretary Career Diploma program could enhance their skills to meet the requirements for advanced legal secretary positions or pursue additional career choices by obtaining a 2-year degree. An associate's degree program might cover more detailed information about specific areas of law, such as real estate law or criminal law, as well as legal ethics and analysis. Graduates might pursue degree options such as the following:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Applied Science in Legal Assistant
  • Associate of Applied Science in Legal Support and Services

Career Paths:

After being awarded Penn Foster Career School's Legal Secretary Career Diploma, graduates could explore employment opportunities in law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, or courthouses. Their responsibilities could include organizing legal documents for attorneys, drafting contracts, researching specific regulations or laws, and scheduling court dates and meetings.

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